Sophomore midfielder Lauren Beausoleil looks to pass the ball in Lehigh's game against Niagara. The Mountain Hawks finished their season with a record of 9-8. (Liz Cornell/B&W photo)

Lehigh women’s lacrosse sees opportunity vanish in Boston

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After successfully squeaking into the playoffs as a No. 5 seed with a 4-4 conference record, Lehigh women’s lacrosse just narrowly missed out on an opportunity to make a run in the Patriot League Tournament.

Lehigh (9-8, 4-4 Patriot) fell to No. 4 seed Boston University 8-7 in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament in a game at Boston on Tuesday. As a result, its season has come to an end.

As the score indicates, it was a close game. However, the Mountain Hawks played most of the game from behind, as they had to fight back from what was at one point a 5-2 deficit. The team also did not hold a lead at any point during the 90 minutes of play.

The game was scoreless for about 15 minutes, but then Boston opened with two straight goals. Senior defender Lauren Wilcox then put Lehigh on the board to make it 2-1. However, Boston went on another scoring run to make it 5-2.

The team ended up scoring twice in the last minute of the first half. One of those goals came from senior defender Carli Sukonik, who has been the biggest scoring threat on the team throughout the whole season. However, the other came from senior defender Michelle Abramczyk, who had scored just the second goal of her collegiate career. Her other goal came over two years ago, on April 14, 2013, against Howard University.

The second half started with Boston and Lehigh alternating goals until Sukonik broke through on a successful free position shot with just more than eight minutes to go.

However, with the score tied at 7, Boston’s Ally Adams would ultimately be the one to walk away as the hero, as she found the back of the net with 2:25 left to go, solidifying a Terriers victory.

The game represents the end of the collegiate careers of Lehigh’s seniors, who scored six of the seven goals for the team. It also showed the dominance of Sukonik, who scored four times. She finished her college career with 140 goals, including 42 in her senior year.

However, no other player was able to score more than once for Lehigh besides her, and the team fell just short.

While Lehigh’s season ends, Boston will move on to the semifinals to face No. 1 seed Loyola University (Maryland), the defending Patriot League champions.

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